KMS School Counseling Newsletter

February 2016

National School Counseling Week

National School Counseling Week 2016, "School Counseling: The Recipe for Success," will be celebrated from Feb. 1-5, 2016, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counseling Association (ASCA), highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. National School Counseling Week is always celebrated the first full week in February.

The KMS Counseling Department is thankful for all of our various stakeholders who help us achieve our goal of supporting the academic, social/emotional, and career developmental needs of students!!

Meet Your New School Counseling Intern

Hello! My name is Jessica Wade and I am completing an internship with Mrs. Sledge this semester in the school guidance office. I am a graduate student at UNC Charlotte studying to earn my Master’s in School Counseling. Completing this internship at Kennedy Middle School is a part of my final course requirements at UNC Charlotte, as I am planning to graduate this spring! I am excited about this opportunity to work with KMS and gain experience that I can carry with me into my career. I am originally from Fort Mill, SC, but I have lived in Charlotte for the past few years. In my free time I enjoy reading, practicing yoga, and cheering on the Clemson tigers. I am extending an invitation for parents and students to contact me with any questions or concerns about my role as an intern this semester. The Guidance Office provides one-on-one counseling, peer mediation, group counseling, and classroom guidance lessons. I believe each student should have access to every opportunity that will allow them to excel academically, emotionally, and in their future careers.

Helping the Hurt - Grief and Loss Support Group

KinderMourn, a local non-profit grief counseling agency, will be providing a grief support group for students at our school this semester. This group will meet once a week for 8 weeks during the school day and is free of charge to both the students and the school. If your child has experienced the death of someone significant in their life (a parent, sibling, grandparent, etc.) and you would like for them to participate in this group, please contact Ms. Sledge as soon as possible.

Wapati Way Newsletter Features Mental Health

The most recent edition of our KMS Wapati Way Newsletter focuses on mental health. We are grateful to Mr. Fernandez and his students for highlighting this important area. Page 47 provides community resources to support mental health needs.

Report Cards Distributed Tuesday, February 2nd

Report Cards for 2nd Quarter/1st Semester were distributed to students through 1st block classes. Please ensure you review your student's level of achievement and reach out to teachers and or your student's assigned counselor with questions. Parents are also encouraged to closely monitor ParentPortal . We are more than halfway through the 2015-16 school year!!

Wear Orange on Tuesday, February 9th

The loveisrespect National Youth Advisory Board created Respect Week as a special way for young people to raise awareness during Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (Teen DV Month) in February. This year, our theme for Teen DV Month is “Setting Boundaries,” and you can get more information on setting healthy boundaries at We created this guide to inspire students and youth leaders around the country to actively and creatively promote messages about dating violence and healthy relationships in their own communities.

2016-17 Course Registration

Counselors will soon be coordinating registration for courses next school year. More details are forthcoming.
2016 Middle School Planning Guide
2016 High School Planning Guide

Calendar Updates

Snow Make-up Day - Monday, February 15th

Lottery Results - Mailed late February